(PR) (Erie, PA) – The Trenton Thunder (60-62) offense was quiet again on Tuesday night as the team was swept in a doubleheader by the Erie SeaWolves (59-63) 6-0 and 8-2. The losses drop the Thunder to one and one-half games back of second place Reading. In the team’s 3-11 start to the month of August, the Thunder have scored two runs or less in a loss now eight times.Game one was dominated by the SeaWolves, who rolled to a 6-0 victory. Erie’s starter Jay Voss lasted the full seven innings, only allowing one Thunder runner to reach second base. Shaeffer Hall allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings and received his seventh loss of the season. The SeaWolves scored three runs in the fifth inning, capped by an Audy Ciriaco two-run double, then added two runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI-double by Brandon Douglas and an RBI-single from Rawley Bishop.
The majority of game two was eerily similar to game one: timely hits for the SeaWolves and a lack of Thunder offense. The only Trenton offensive output for the entire night came on a Zoilo Almonte two-run double in the top of the fourth inning. Erie starter Dre Smyly picked up where Jay Voss left off as he retired the first nine Thunder batters of the game. Cory Arbiso allowed two early two-out, clutch hits by Erie: a two-run homerun for Rawley Bishop and another two-run double by Audy Ciriaco.
The two losses, along with a Reading win and a New Britain loss, drop the Thunder out of a Wild Card tie and into a tie with New Britain for the Eastern Division’s third place slot. Both teams stand 1.5 games back of the Reading Phillies, who stand alone in the Eastern Division’s Wild Card spot. First place New Hampshire also lost and but still has a 7.5 game lead over Trenton.
Trenton and Erie will continue their four-game series with game three on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park at 7:05 PM. The Thunder will send LHP Steve Garrison (3-8, 6.56), while the SeaWolves will counter with RHP L.J. Gagnier (4-5, 5.08). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR and online at trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:50 PM from Jerry Uht Park in Erie, PA.